The best testimony about TPM’s Ministry is the life of their Believers. We need to know what do they believe, by their lives.
“Blessings” – The Misplaced notion and the Misused phrase
Though this is not a “TPM Only” Problem, we would like to show how far has today’s Christendom misplaced the true meaning of Blessing. Recently we received a mail from one TPM member where one of the “Important” member of the church testified in the meeting and it became an issue. He testified that all his blessings(material wealth) and the good worldly positions enjoyed by his children are because of the upbringing(supposedly TPM Holy) he had given to them. He was also hinting at the poor people of the assembly that they did not enjoy these material blessings through their children because of the wrong upbringing. This created some unrest in the assembly among the poor folks but was dealt by the clergy of that place with a heavy hand because he was hand in glove with the Important/Rich believer.
In short, TPM believers have come to believe that material/Worldly riches are God’s Blessings. They credit the source of these blessings to their Ministers who pray for them. They also assume that this is because of their faithfulness like that of giving tithe and offerings. They think God is onto a monetary rewarding mechanism and associate God’s faithfulness to their faithfulness. Its truly heretical to bring down God’s faithfulness as a response to your faithfulness. No wonder that many TPM people have gotten into a hamster wheel and is unable to get off it.
if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. 2 Tim 2:13
This misplaced notion is pervading throughout modern Christendom and TPM is no exception. There is an underlying notion that if we keep the TPM Clergy happy by Serving them with lots of money, food and respect we will be Blessed (With Worldly riches). In reality this has come to be the mobile Siddhivinayak Temple of TPM. In the process, TPM Ministers enjoy this kind adoration and adulation and they think that they are special. They are very close to emulating Jayalalitha’s feat. I have even reports of some sisters who has no qualms of making people hold their feet and enjoying the worship.
What does Christ think of your “Blessings” ?
To know what Christ thinks about material prosperity, we need to turn to the Gospels and I will explain how paradoxically opposite is TPM’s Notion.
15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:15
We know that being Rich, and well-to-do is esteemed highly among men. Jesus is plainly telling that this world works on an Upside Down Principle to the Kingdom of God. He went on to prove his words beyond ambiguity in the parable of Lazarus and the Rich man. Notice how Father Abraham responds back to the Rich man in torment.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. Luke 16:25
The ONLY WAY for the Rich Man to save himself from the Torment was to Share his resources with the Lazarus who was at his gate(his Neighbour) and care for him in his sickness, when he was in this world.
Notice how Jesus says that Lazarus Lacked when it came to Food and Clothing in contrast to the Rich man who had it more than he would need.
19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
This same principle is echoed in the second greatest commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour AS THYSELF. Matt 22:39
You might be thinking that your material wealth is a Blessing from God. But it is not so. If you have material wealth in this world and you are not sharing it with your Neighbours/Fellow Brethren, this same money will be a Curse and be a cause for your eternal damnation.
The Great Risk of having worldly Riches
In the above parable, the test was not on Lazarus but on the Rich Man. How many times have the rich men of TPM thought that they are undergoing a Test? They are in some kind of illusion that they have been specially blessed by God. In the grand scheme of things, nobody enjoys riches more than 70 or 80 years because that is the expected lifespan of a person. But an eternity in torment is very scary for a callous attitude which we exhibited when we were on this earth.
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God Mark 10:25
Do you think Jesus was joking in the above verse? Not if we see today’s state of Churches. The rich keeps getting richer and the poor keep struggling in their life.
The Rich men of today’s churches who does not consider the poor amongst them are truly not a seed sown in the good ground. These are people who are sown among thorns.
18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
How will Jesus Judge in the End of Days
We all know the saying that “The Proof is in the Pudding“. There is a day when Jesus will taste each of our puddings. His taste buds do not recognize your Zion Doctrine or Church Membership or White dress or any such non-issues. He will look for your deeds.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for THE THINGS DONE while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Cor 5:10
Our Deeds will expose what we believed. Irrespective of the grand funeral you had or the white clads claiming you as a Precious stone in Zion, the fiery eyes of the Lord will test you.
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. James 5:1-2
You do not have to really explain to the Lord as his fiery eyes knows you through and through. He knows whether you are a sheep or a goat. He will divide the Flock into two. Do you have any doubt about the position of the Rich fellows who claims that they were BLESSED when in Reality they were being tested?
To know the truth, Read the following passage from Matthew 25
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
The above passage is truly a very scary passage to those Rich who are under the illusion that their bank accounts reflect the Blessings of God.
Look at the below verse which many of us might have read, but failed to understand the meaning or tried to make excuses because we felt we were not in that category.
And turning His gaze toward His disciples, He began to say, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Luke 6:20
Being Poor is a state where you acknowledge your deficiency in matters pertaining to physical, material and spiritual needs. Only a person who acknowledges this state can appreciate a similar situation of another person. The Kingdom of God works in the principle of Sharing and Caring between members of the body of Christ. At the same time, it also means that some people are poor in the Body of Christ because someone whom the Lord assigned to give did not do it faithfully (Matt 24:45). He took those materials which should have been used for others for his own selfish needs. He could have even boasted that God has Blessed him. Beware if you are having the riches of the world, it is a snare for selfish people. We need to dispense to the body of Christ whatever he has made us responsible with. Some he has given material riches and to some spiritual and to some an assortment of it (5 talent, 2 talent or 1 talent). We need to dispense/trade it for the Kingdom of God. Let us not be like the lazy servant who made excuses with his talent.
Please do not be under any illusion that few breadcrumbs that you gave away will stand and plead in your favour when you are judged. If so, the Rich Man of Luke 16 should have gotten through. At the same time, I would have all of our readers to not run after these material riches and heed to the Apostle’s warning.
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 1 Tim 6:9
I am sure some TPM legalists may remember the promises in Deut 28 ignoring a majority of its curses. But that is for a different article.
To be continued…